Copper Mountain Technologies Adds 4 Port Planar 808/1 to Full
Size VNA Line
-- Low Cost, High Performance 4-Port VNA Expands Options
Test within a Budget
October 30, 2013
Copper Mountain Technologies
releases the new
vector network analyzer, adding to its full size VNA line. CMT makes high performance PC-driven
VNAs at an affordable price point without sacrificing metrological quality.
808/1 is a four port VNA which operates with an external PC, opening a new range of possibilities
for users who need highly accurate multiport instrumentation for lab, production, or field use.
At just 19 pounds, Planar 808/1 is a more mobile and transportable solution than a traditional
bench top unit. This lab quality VNA offers an extensive feature set, multiple data saving options,
and is fully programmable for incorporation in automated applications.
Planar 808/1 characterizes S-parameters in a wide variety of presentation
formats. In addition to the traditional frequency domain measurements of S-parameters, its extensive
feature set includes time domain with gating, embedding and de-embedding, and frequency offset
mode for mixer/converter testing. Balanced measurements are a unique capability of the
Planar 808/1; users can evaluate devices with balanced ports like differential amplifiers or
Planar 808/1 can fit into applications needing
automation – it is fully programmable by SCPI commands in many programming settings, including
C++, Visual Basic, and LabView. COM/DCOM automation allows the remote control and exchange data
with the user software, allowing seamless integration with any ATE station.
Saving and Security
The software of the Planar 808/1 allows state, calibration and measurement
data to be saved on the external PC and quickly uploaded into secondary programs for post-processing.
USB data transfer eliminates multiple points of data transfer, simplifying the workflow and
saving users valuable VNA time. Storing VNA data on an external PC reduces the need for purging
in secure environments, or it simply makes it easy to share the device between multiple users
in any environment.
Engineers have chosen CMT analyzers for their small footprint and high accuracy; each instrument
in the group has been reviewed and verified as a serious piece of test equipment with lab-grade
- Frequency range: 100 kHz to 8 GHz
- Measured parameters: S11…S44
- Operates on an external PC
- >150 dB dynamic range
- Up to 500,001 measurement points
- Measurement time per point: 100 µs
- High price-performance ratio
- Easily transported between work stations
- Time domain with gating, and fixture simulation standard
- 19.8 lbs
- 12.8 x 16.3 x 3.8 in (324 x 415 x 96 mm)
The release of Planar 808/1 comes on the heels of a line expansion
of VNA solutions from Copper Mountain Technologies, which includes a new 14 GHz reflectometer,
a 4.8 GHz compact VNA, and a 75 Ohm compact VNA. For more product information, please visit
Copper Mountain Technologies
It's amazing how often "that's how we've always
done it" becomes an excuse for making things far more difficult than they need to be. Take test
and measurement technology, for example. An engineer working for a satellite radio company needs
to test his equipment on-site at a repeater tower to make sure it's broadcasting correctly.
A team of product engineers want to make sure that each and every change they make results in
a working product. A small company needs to make sure that their investment in test and measurement
technology will serve them for years to come. These people represent the average user of vector
network analyzers, but the status quo hasn't exactly been kind to any of them. When most think
about VNAs, they imagine huge machines built around old computers at a high cost. Machines that
are so heavy, they're all but impossible to lug around from repeater to repeater. Equipment
that's so pricey, it means entire teams have to bottleneck their workflow with shared machines,
or smaller operations have to sacrifice quality for affordability. To the engineers of Copper
Mountain Technologies, these VNAs seem less like solutions and more like part of the problem.
Instead of doing things the way they've been done for decades, we choose instead to think about
test and measurement differently.
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Posted October 31, 2013